LISA YORK ~ vocals & keyboards
Lisa was inducted into the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame in April 2007 and received an award from the Puerto Vallarta Jazz foundation in 2016!
Lisa has brought her eclectic style of music to some of the finest entertainment venues in the world. A pianist and vocalist since the age of 5, she brings a distinctive mix of smoky jazz, sultry ballads, silky Latin, rhythm & blues and ragtime with a little New Orleans added. Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and The Twin Cities Reader’s Tom Surowicz respectively has declared Lisa’s voice "passionate, dramatic, subtly soulful, and authoritative."
She romances a song. Whether working as a solo artist or with an ensemble, Lisa lives up to her reviews with grace and ease with a professional background in almost every imaginable musical style. She has been in constant demand as a pianist, keyboardist and vocalist locally, nationally, and internationally for over 30 years.
Her unique vocal and piano style has enabled her to tour nationally & internationally with CBS and MCA TABU recording artists Alexander O’Neal, Cherrelle and Pebbles, working under the direction of Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam Harris III and also Baby Face and L A Reed respectively. She has also worked with R&B legend, Syl Johnson and Blues artist Percy Strother. She has been keyboardist for The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, The Marvelettes, The Shirelles, and Fabian. She was a featured vocalist with a touring group at the invitation of the United States Department of Defense in the Persian Gulf in 1993.
Lisa settled in Minneapolis in 1978 (Lisa Krieger) & began fronting an 8 piece Salsa band called Rio. She went on to spend the next several years playing and singing with countless Twin City bands, as well as working solo in venues such as The Whitney Hotel, Lord Fletcher’s, Basil’s, Quest and the Fine Line. She has also worked at these venues as a duo with her husband, internationally recognized bassist, Steve York. www.steveyork.com .
Lisa has been recorded & broadcast twice by National Public Radio; as vocal soloist with University of Iowa’s Distinguished Ensemble Collegium Musicum and also Minnesota’s Bayfront Blues Festival with Syl Johnson. She has also recorded with Ipso Facto, (recipients of the 1989 "Best Unsigned Band in the World" award in Tokyo), Percy Strother (A Good Woman is Hard to Find) Big John Dickerson & The Celebrators and most recently finished a CD with Steve York.
Lisa’s extensive background includes musical theater, which showcased her excellence as an actress & dancer. She also proved a capable teacher of keyboard technique, vocal styles & music theory at Minneapolis Music Technical College. She has received mention in national publications such as Down Beat & Gig magazines. Her television appearances include Arsenio Hall, American Band Stand, and Soul Train. She has also performed solo at 5 star venues throughout Europe & Asia for several years.
From 2001 to Fall of 2005, Lisa worked with Minneapolis based Big John Dickerson and the Celebrators as keyboardist & vocalist. John and Lisa's duets were a unique feature of the group.
Lisa & her husband have recently made their home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and are working as The Yorks. Lisa is available for solo & duo work, up to a 5 piece group. She is also available for private events & weddings and can provide music for the ceremony as well.